LibriVox recording of Space Prison, by Tom Godwin. Read by Mark Nelson.
AFTER TWO CENTURIES....The sound came swiftly nearer, rising in pitch and swelling in volume. Then it broke through the clouds, tall and black and beautifully deadly — the Gern battle cruiser, come to seek them out and destroy them. Humbolt dropped inside the stockade, exulting. For two hundred years his people had been waiting for the chance to fight the mighty Gern Empire ... with bows and arrows against blasters and bombs! (Summary from the Gutenberg text)
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A few thousand earth men and women engage in a grim and unrelenting fight for survival on a violently hostile planet. As the years and then the generations pass, the thousands are reduced to only a handful who are kept alive by a burning desire to wreak vengeance on the alien overlords who marooned them.
I must admit Tom Godwin isn't my favorite sci fi author, and this isn't one of my favorite, vintage sci fi novels. Nevertheless it is entertaining, thanks in a large measure to Mark Nelson's excellent reading.
October 1, 2010 Subject:
What could be sweeter than 200 year old revenge!
Mark, as always gives a great read too!
August 27, 2010 Subject:
THIS WAS SO AWESOME!!!
I completely LOVED this story. I am a sci-fi nut by nature and this story was amazing.
The Gerns are an aggressive race, determined to take over the entire galaxy and make it their empire. The humans are the last to conquer. Two human ships are captured, and the inhabitants split into two groups: one taken captive to serve as slaves, and one left stranded on the inhospitable planet known as Ragnarok.
Although the chances are slim, the seeds of hope and revenge are sown that day. The humans intend to conquer Ragnarok, and when that is done, they will take their revenge against the Gerns.
Reader is always an awesome reader. Thanks Mark for another great sci-fi read!
May 10, 2010 Subject:
The title of 'Space Prison' is rather a misnomer, and those expecting a galactic penal yarn had better look elsewhere. Instead we have a tale of the forced colonisation of the inhospitable planet Ragnarok by marooned humans, left behind by the evil Gerns as 'rejects'. Godwin's novel is a vivid tale of the landmarks of their 200 hundred-odd sojurn, the hardships and the landmarks of their stay and how they finally escape. The multi-generational aspects of the book are among its more successful aspect, as is the immediacy of the yarn. Elsewhere Godwin is less convincing, like when the settlers cobble together hi-technology out of rudimentary parts - such as the repeater crossbow out of wood and animal horn. Meanwhile, it seems their enemies are assumed to have made no significant technological advance in two centuries! Godwin's prose is sometimes heavy handed but it is all still entertaining pulp stuff, aided by a good reading. The same reader did Six Gun Planet but the vocalisms sound less forced here.